Wilson gives legacy gift

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Businessman and community builder John Wilson has made a $10,000 contribution to the United Way community fund.

“It is so easy to give to the United Way because it serves so many acute needs in the community,” said Wilson.

“Campaign Chair Marty Giles and I sit on the Vista Ridge Board together and he was talking about the campaign and the $8 million target. It struck me that I needed to contribute.”

While Wilson largely resides in Calgary now, he has business interests in a number of different centres, including Fort McMurray. He is proud to give back to a community that has given him so much.

“Fort McMurray is a very special place to us,” he said. “We have always done our best to support agencies that provide help when people need it. Giving through the United Way just makes sense.”

Wilson’s gift is representative of the spirit of generosity that has allowed the United Way to make such an impact in our community.

“John gets it,” said Marty Giles, Community Campaign Chair. “He has done very well with his businesses over the years, but he has always been at the front of the line when it is time to give back.”

Wilson is intimately familiar with how the United Way impacts community. He was the President of the Board of Director back in 1998.

“The spirit of giving back to the community that John has always demonstrated is inspiring,” said Diane Shannon, Executive Director. “He understands that the United Way is uniquely positioned to meet the areas of greatest need having served on our board. He is a true community champion and friend of the United Way.”

Donations continue to roll in as the official campaign period nears its end and a number of additional workplace campaigns wrap up. A final campaign total will be announced early in 2016.


Author: The United Way of Fort McMurray and Wood Buffalo

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